By Anuradha Kher, Online News EditorMarlton, N.J.–Sharlotte Giberson (Left in the photo, to the right is Delores A. Pruden, Director of HUD’s Neighborhood Networks) a computer facilitator at Shirley Futch Plaza who has helped the apartment community’s elderly residents start blogging and learning a variety of other computer skills, has been recognized for outstanding achievement by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In addition, the center itself also received an award of recognition. “Giberson inspires our apartment residents to be creative and to have fun while introducing them to the value of 21st Century technology,” says Mark Morgan, president of Interstate Realty Management Co., a The Michaels Organization company. Interstate provides property and asset management services at Shirley Futch Plaza, an affordable apartment community in East Stroudsburg, Penn., which is designed for the elderly and people with disabilities.Shirley Futch Plaza is the site of one of HUD’s Neighborhood Networks Computer Learning Centers, which provide technology access and promote self-sufficiency among residents living in HUD’s Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) insured and assisted communities. Interstate Realty Management is one of the first private property management companies to establish Neighborhood Networks at its multifamily housing communities. At Shirley Futch Plaza, Giberson offers her resident clients typing lessons, English as a second language, Microsoft Word instruction and digital photography training. She created a blog that is updated every day so residents can keep in touch with family and friends, sharing news and photos. In addition, she has helped them learn to navigate the Internet for free product samples and money-saving coupons. Giberson received the two Special Awards from HUD officials earlier this month as part of a conference held in Philadelphia for Neighborhood Network professionals.
HUD Recognizes Apartment Community’s Computer Facilitator for Personal Outstanding Achievement
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